Liberal Democrats

Third Withdrawal Bill defeat in a week for the Government

In their THIRD defeat in a week - and in another victory for the Lib Dem Lords group, the Government has lost a key vote on an amendment that protects the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

By Richard Newby, Apr 23, 2018 7:04

The House of Lords. Image: UK Parliament

Liberal Democrats have voted with a majority of cross-party Peers in the House of Lords to inflict another defeat on the government. 

An amendment to retain the Charter of Fundamental Rights in UK law was successfully moved and is the third defeat for the government in the EU (Withdrawal) Bill in the House of Lords at Report Stage.

The Charter of Fundamental Rights has been a key component of EU law since 2000 and has set the bar on civil, political, social and economic rights.

The UK’s continued use of this piece of legislation shows the rest of the world that we are still committed to the highest standards on human rights and the principles of the Charter going forward.

The amendment the Lords have passed is as follows:

Clause 5, LORD PANNICK, LORD GOLDSMITH, BARONESS LUDFORD, LORD DEBEN

Page 3, line 20, leave out subsections (4) and (5) and insert—

“( ) The following provisions of the Charter of Fundamental Rights are not part of<

domestic law on or after exit day—

(a) the Preamble, and

(b) Chapter V.”

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